Nagpur: In the year 2021-22, more than 58,000 new vehicles have hit the city roads, an official said on Wednesday. Whereas vehicle registration in city and eastern transport department offices has seen a sharp increase of around 14% as compared to the financial year 2020-21. Due to this, about 159 new vehicles come out on the roads of Nagpur every day.
Along with this, vehicle registration in the city picked up after a decline of around 43% in 2020-21 as compared to the previous year.
In the year 2021-22, the city office registered about 17,922 new vehicles – 6,042 four-wheelers, 10,854 two-wheelers, and 53 ambulances. 40,097 vehicles – 7,949 four-wheelers, 29,500 two-wheelers, and 24 ambulances have been registered in the eastern office.
These figures also show that despite a jump of about 14% in the year 2021-22. The number of new vehicles registered was much lower in 2019-20 as compared to pre-coronavirus times.
In the year 2019-20, both City and East Inn offices registered over 87,000 new vehicles as against 49,733 in the year 2020-21. Such a fall in these sales figures can be attributed to the increase in prices affected by the automobile companies. And the Covid-induced lockdown and hike in fuel prices. Specifically attributed to diesel and petrol.
Traffic experts have expressed considerable concern
Supporting this, auto dealers in the city have said that the global economic crisis induced by the coronavirus pandemic has hit the automobile market very badly.
As of 31st March 2022, the total number of vehicles plying on city roads has crossed 18.84 lakhs.
Of these, about 81.51 percent are two-wheelers, While the share of four-wheelers has been around 9.77%. The number of two-wheelers is also more than about 15.35 lakhs. While about 1.84 lakh four-wheelers are also plying on the city roads.
Experts have said that traffic experts have expressed considerable concern over the increase of around 14% in the vehicular population. Not only the increasing pollution. But these new vehicles will also require more space, due to which there will be a lot of congestion in the traffic.
Traffic expert Raju Wagh has said that the already busy stretches including Kamptee, Wardha, Amravati, and Central Avenues witnessed heavy congestion even during non-peak hours. He has also cited this as a major cause of much concern for the city’s available infrastructure. And has also emphasized the need for substantial improvement in the existing public transport system.